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Definition of take-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up

took up; taken up; taking up; takes up

Definition of take up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pick up, lift took up the carpet
2a : to begin to occupy (land)
b : to gather from a number of sources took up a collection
3a : to accept or adopt for the purpose of assisting
b : to accept or adopt as one's own took up the life of a farmer
c : to absorb or incorporate into itself plants taking up nutrients
4a : to enter upon (something, such as a business, hobby, or subject of study) take up skiing took up the trumpet
b : to proceed to consider or deal with take up one problem at a time
5 : to establish oneself in took up residence in town
6 : to occupy entirely or exclusively : fill up the meeting was taken up with old business
7 : to make tighter or shorter take up the slack
8 : to respond favorably to (a person offering a bet, challenge, proposal, etc.) took me up on it
9 : to begin again or take over from another we must take the good work up again

intransitive verb

1 : to make a beginning where another has left off
2 : to become shortened : draw together : shrink
take up the cudgels
: to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute
take up with
1 : to become interested or absorbed in
2 : to begin to associate or consort with

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Synonyms & Antonyms for take-up

Synonyms: Verb

boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, raise, up, uphold, uplift, upraise

Antonyms: Verb

drop, lower

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Examples of take-up in a Sentence


please take up the blanket so I can look underneath it the soil was so dry that the plant seemed to take up the much-needed water instantly

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The City Council subcommittee is to take up the deadline extension proposal again July 11. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Councilman calls out Joe Louis Arena developer who asked for new delay," 20 June 2019 The Assembly plans to take up a series of bills Thursday aimed at changing how the state builds roads. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State Assembly seeks to delay the closure of Lincoln Hills teen prison," 20 June 2019 Petr Cech is also set to take up a role as technical director to partially fill the void left by Michael Emenalo, who left to join Monaco in 2017. SI.com, "Frank Lampard 'Agrees' to 3-Year Chelsea Deal as Blues Legend Nears Stamford Bridge Return," 19 June 2019 In most defenses, a nose tackle’s job is to take up space and blocks so other players are free to run to the ball. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Colts Tyquan Lewis ready to offer 'versatility' at defensive tackle," 17 June 2019 There’s really no one better to take up this emotional father-daughter duet than the venerable Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie Cole. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "15 Father's Day Songs for the Cool, Classic Dad," 16 June 2019 The idea died in the previous session and has yet to be taken up in this one, but the new bill has gained wider support from Democrats. Washington Post, "2020 race brings free college back to the national stage," 14 June 2019 The Supreme Court is expected to take up the citizenship question this month. Dana Hedgpeth, Anchorage Daily News, "Census and tribal leaders push for Native American participation in 2020 census," 14 June 2019 Ryan Anderson, a spokesman for Brnovich, said the Attorney General's Office is researching utility shutoff policies in other states should lawmakers choose to take up the issue. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "After heat-related death, Attorney General Mark Brnovich says Arizona needs power shutoff law," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of take-up


1832, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of take-up

British : the rate at which something offered is accepted by people

take up

transitive verb

Medical Definition of take up

: to absorb or incorporate into itself the rate at which the cells took up glucose

Other Words from take-up

take-up noun

take up

transitive verb

Legal Definition of take up

1 : to pay the amount of (as a note) : pay in full for
2 : to proceed to deal with take up a motion

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to take the place or position of

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